Week 2 June 17, 2010

What’s in the box?

Abbie and Josh harvesting spinach (not weeds!)

 

3 heads of lettuce 

spinach

green garlic 

garlic scapes, (curly thin,  like a green onion)

1 lb broccoli

1 bunch lacinato kale  (aka dinosaur kale, black kale, or Tuscan kale)

another herb pot

A few notes on the veggies….  Don’t be afraid to include the stems of the broccoli in your cooking!  They are nice and tender and full of flavor.  This is the “side shoots” of the broccoli.  After the main head is cut off, the plant sends out side shoots. More main heads are to come in the next few weeks.  The greens have been loving this cool, wet weather!  This is a great time to enjoy lettuce which turns bitter in the heat.   If you don’t get your lettuce into the fridge soon enough and it wilts, try filling your sink with cold water then letting it soak for several minutes.  Most lettuce and other greens can be revived quite nicely with this trick.  Store lettuce and other greens in an open plastic bag to help them retain their moisture in the fridge.  Also it is important that any loose leaf lettuce be able to drain or be dry when in a closed plastic bag.  Otherwise it will turn into a slimy mess is Be sure to wash your lettuce and spinach before you cook it!  We dunk everything in water before we send it to you, but they still need a thorough washing to be sure to get any grit off.  Nothing ruins a wonderful dish like crunching on dirt!  Lastly, what are those curled up green things in the box?  They are garlic scapes.  They can be used like green onion, but they will give a garlic flavor instead of an onion flavor.  Here’s a nice write up about them (it also includes a recipe for garlic scape pesto).

a young herb pot

 

we’ve had a few questions about the herb pot. the herbs in the pot are corresponding to picture above. Rosemary (far left) Oregano or marjoram (very similar in foreground). Thyme on far right and Sage barely visible in the back ground. I planned on taking a better picture for this, but digital cameras don’t like me. 

Farm report

We are saturated. the farm is basically a big mud pit. Everything with wheels is getting stuck, walking in the field feels like walking in a bowl of firm pudding. But Sunny weather is on its way. This poses difficulty in controlling weeds. we use a tractor to cultivate most things, but its hard to even hoe when its this wet. Hoes don’t work in the mud and weeds don’t die when they get rained back into the ground. But hey I’m not complaining, this weather has been great for the spring crops, now, lets see some sun. We have strawberries and little summer squash just sitting on the plants waiting to be ripened by the sun. 

Recipes…

Broccoli Honey Thyme (adapted from the MACSAC cookbook)

This is especially good if you are trying to convince picky eaters that veggies are good.  It’s got a sweetness to it that kids like.

Wash and cut up broccoli.  Saute in 2 Tbs. butter until crisp-tender.  Drizzle with about 1-2 Tbs of honey.  Add 1-2 Tbs minced fresh Thyme (from your herb pot!) and salt and pepper to taste.

White bean and Garlic Scape Dip  This one is on the NY Times website.  Quick and easy and fancy!

Spinach and Scape Frittata

3 Tbsp. olive oil
10 eggs
1 cup (1/2 lb.) chopped raw spinach
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley or basil or marjoram or sage
1/2 c. finely chopped garlic scapes and/or green garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except oil and scapes. Heat oil in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet on the stove. Add the scapes and saute until tender on medium heat for about five minutes. Pour egg mixture in skillet with garlic and cook over low for three minutes. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until top is set. Cut into wedges and serve.

for next week...

 

KALE Nachos or kale Crisps

Coarsely chop Kale and place on a baking sheet. drizzle with olive oil little balsamic vinegar. Add some salt  Bake at 350 until brown, leave in longer if you want crispier. in the last few minutes of baking sprinkle some cheese of choice on top.  Someone might actually like Kale after they try this. 

What’s growing on?

in the box next week….

Romaine Lettuce

Peas (finally!)

collard greens or curly kale

more garlic scapes

broccoli

salad mix

maybe….. strawberries!  (They are just starting to blush.  We need some sunshine and warm weather!)

And finally, some lovely photos by Kate…

 

The New Man

 

 

Droplet on a tomato leaf in the green house

 

Inch Worm

3 Comments »

  1. Heidi said

    GARLIC SCAPES! WOOOOHOOOO!

  2. Megan said

    I made the best snack tonight: wilted kale on toast with garlic scapes, olive oil, salt and grated parmesan! It was super delicious. Thank you!!!

  3. Jodi said

    WOW! The garlic scapes are fantastic! My girls and I are enjoying scrambled eggs with lightly sauted scapes and pepper jack cheese this morning! YUM!

RSS feed for comments on this post · TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: